Congrats to former Texas Tech footballer Michael Crabtree, who is expected to sign with the Oakland Raiders (via ESPN’s Bill Williamson and Adam Caplan). Oakland was one of the teams that was expected to draft Crabtree, but eventually drafted Darius Heyward-Bey. Crabtree has had a frustrating last two seasons for San Francisco:
Crabtree’s production waned last season and he appeared to lose explosion from a 2013 Achilles injury. Crabtree has had just two 100-yard receiving games in the 24 games since he return from his injury. Crabtree’s highest yardage total in 2014 was 85 yards and averaged 10.3 yards a reception on 68 catches in 2014.
Crabtree has a chance to be a starter for Oakland, which baldy needs receiving weapons for second-year quarterback Derek Carr. The Raiders tried to sign big-ticket free agents Randall Cobb (Green Bay) and Jeremy Maclin (Kansas City) early in free agency. Yet, they are settling for Crabtree nearly five weeks into free agency.
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